02.09.2015   /   by natalie   /   , , , ,

Discovering the Helderberg

Discovering the Helderberg

I recently had the opportunity to spend two days in the Helderberg region of the Stellenbosch Wine Route. You may have noticed that I spend a lot of time exploring Stellenbosch, so I know the region quite well, but this was my first time at a couple of the farms we visited. I also got […]

read more

24.08.2015   /   by natalie   /   , ,

Ramadan in Dubai: Day 3 of 3

Ramadan in Dubai: Day 3 of 3

It’s my last day in Dubai. I’ve only just started to kind of get my bearings on this futuristic city after seeing it from the seat of a seaplane, and now it’s already almost time to leave. It’s still hot and dry and as I step out into the desert from the cool depths of […]

read more

20.08.2015   /   by natalie   /   , , , ,

Sign me up for the Soweto Wine Revolution

Sign me up for the Soweto Wine Revolution

A couple of weeks ago I got to travel to Soweto with Mariette, to meet up with the team from the Soweto Wine Festival, connect with the local creatives and changemakers and see what’s happening in the wine scene outside of Cape Town. My first time in Soweto So even though I grew up in Joburg, I have […]

read more

19.08.2015   /   by natalie   /   , , , ,

Waterkloof Restaurant

Waterkloof Restaurant

I have had the pleasure of dining at Waterkloof Restaurant more than once (see here and here) and I am reminded every every time I visit of what it means to make food that is art. Chef Gregory Czarnecki is a bit of a food hero of mine and I am always amazed to see […]

read more

17.08.2015   /   by natalie   /  

Vote for your favourite Centrum Guardian

Vote for your favourite Centrum Guardian

We’re getting closer to finding out who will be this year’s Centrum Guardians winner. Through this special initiative, Centrum is taking the time to thank and recognise South Africa’s rescue and emergency service personnel. In case you missed it, I wrote about them here. I feel like we’re often so busy with the running of our daily lives […]

read more

05.08.2015   /   by natalie   /   , ,

Ramadan in Dubai: Day 2 of 3

Ramadan in Dubai: Day 2 of 3

It’s my second day in Dubai and I’m at the breakfast buffet at the Al Manzil Downtown Hotel. My eyes scan the pastry selection, but I opt for a green juice and a few dates. Our first day was full of feasting and I know that today will be, too. It’s Ramadan, the holy month […]

read more

31.07.2015   /   by natalie   /   , , , ,

A guide to my favourite South African Chardonnays

A guide to my favourite South African Chardonnays

I LOVE CHARDONNAY Ok, I love all wine. I love the smells and the flavours and the stories. I love visiting wine farms and learning about how the earth and the wind and the proximity to eucalyptus influence what we eventually pour into shiny wine glasses. I love meeting wine makers and hearing all about their […]

read more

31.07.2015   /   by natalie   /  

Five Reasons Why I Love Hot Yoga

Five Reasons Why I Love Hot Yoga

As my 1 hour hot yoga class was winding down, I was singing along in my head as Coldplay filled the room. “Nobody said it was easy. No one ever said it would be so hard”. I was completely soaking wet from head to toe and my body was aching and exhausted. I thought there […]

read more

30.07.2015   /   by natalie   /   , ,

The Stellenbosch Winelands with my Mama

The Stellenbosch Winelands with my Mama

My mom is my biggest fan. She’s also my biggest critic. But mostly, she’s my biggest fan. She reads every blog post, every Tweet, Facebook post and anything other post that I put out there. She critiques my work unsolicited. But she also praises my work when praise is due. Very often she will comment […]

read more

29.07.2015   /   by natalie   /   , ,

Babylonstoren

Babylonstoren

Let me start off by saying that if ever you find yourself in the Cape, wondering where to stay or eat or walk or relax, you should immediately make your way to the absolutely beautiful Babylonstoren. It is The Garden of Eden. The jewel of the Winelands. It’s my favourite place to visit. The Farm […]

read more